This is a honey, -- a lively story of a vital American family, clear, succinct, not too cluttered with historical detail, and with a vivid choice of incident to bring people and times alive to the reader. Good sense of history, in a well-thought out book, dramatically sustained in spite of the difficulties in handling such of material in the compass of a small volume. John Quincy, his father John Adams, Paul Revere, a good neighbor, the Boston tea party, shipping, France, Holland, a visit to Catherine of Russia, these and more are made delightfully real to young readers -- and make it an excellent family read aloud book. A Must for schools, libraries, etc... In a series which has set a high standard, this is one of the best.